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Scarborough pub robber sentenced

A MAN who took part in the theft of a cigarette machine from the Scarborough Hotel last year has been jailed.

He was the second man sentenced for his part in last year’s pub and club raids, which netted more than $25,000 in stolen cash and cigarettes, reports Fairfax.

The Illawarra Mercury reports that the 34-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been jailed until at least 2018 for his involvement in the robberies that targeted ATMs and cigarette machines.

Twelve months after first taking part in the theft of a cigarette machine from the Sutton Forrest Inn, on the Southern Highlands in March 2010, the man allegedly accompanied by his cousin and another man, forced entry into the Scarborough pub.

CCTV footage showed the man running over to the ATM and then shaking it back and forth as he tried to remove it. When this was unsuccessful, he helped load a cigarette machine, holding nearly $3500, into a nearby vehicle.

The man, who pleaded guilty, broke into four pubs, including the Great Southern Hotel in Berry and the Cooee Hotel in St Georges Basin, where ATMs and cigarette machine were the target.

He was sentenced on Friday by Judge Paul Conlon.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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